Washington Redskins at New York Giants Pick and Preview

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Washington Redskins at New York Giants
Thursday, 7:00 pm Eastern – NBC

SBG Global Opening Line: Giants -  3.5  ,  Total  40


The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants begin the 2008 season at home against the Washington Redskins.  It’s the second time in six seasons that the Redskins are part of the NFL’s first game of the season.  They won in 2003 against the Jets 16-13.  In 2004 the NFL started a tradition in which the previous season’s Super Bowl winner hosts the NFL Thursday night game to start the regular season. SBG Global reports that early NFL betting has the public taking Giants at Home.


Thursday’s game is the first regular season test for Washington head coach Jim Zorn.  The Redskins were 3-2 in the preseason as they had to play an extra week in the Hall of Fame game.  The Giants finished the preseason at 2-2.  The Giants didn’t play their starters much during the preseason and quarterback Eli Manning threw very few passes.  A lot of starters missed time during the preseason.  Wide receiver Plaxico Burress didn’t play at all and Amani Toomer caught just one pass. Manning didn’t even play in the preseason finale against New England.  “I feel great,” Manning said. “I think our guys are ready and I think we have a slew of receivers who can play, so whoever they have in the game and whatever we do, we have a lot of weapons. I think that is a great situation to have. If we can have three wides or four wides, there is not one guy you have to target on and say, ‘Hey, we have to prevent this guy from getting catches.’ We can work to a number of receivers and guys do a good job of getting open. Our running attack is looking good with some healthy running backs, our line is looking good, so I feel positive about where our offense stands, where our team stands, and I am looking forward to the start of the season.”

SBG Global Current Line: Giants -  3.5  ,  Total  41


Here are the NFL betting stats for Thursday’s game. The Redskins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Redskins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the NFC. The Redskins are 9-19-4 ATS in their last 32 games in September. The Redskins are 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 1.


The Giants are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on grass. The Giants are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Giants are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. the NFC. The Giants are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 vs. the NFC East. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings between the two teams.


The Under is 5-0 in the Redskins last 5 games in Week 1. The Over is 5-2 in the Redskins last 7 road games. The Under is 17-8-3 in the Redskins last 28 vs. the NFC East.


The Over is 5-1 in the Giants last 6 home games. The Under is 5-1 in the Giants last 6 vs. the NFC East. The Under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in New York between the two teams.

Pick: Over 3 out of 5 units

Creation Cafe loses appetite for Groupon after deal

Indianapolis Business Journal October 24, 2011 | O’Malley, Chris A Groupon deal sold so well it promised to drive a herd of diners to Creation Cafe.

Trouble is that the popular eatery along Canal Walk said it didn’t agree to Groupon’s offer of a 62-percent discounted dinner to 2,600 diners – who have been coming in in recent weeks to redeem the deals.

“What do you mean you can’t use them?” Creation co-principal Lynn Shepherd said of the reaction by many diners after restaurant staff broke the bad news. site groupon atlanta

Shepherd said the Groupon deal that ran Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 wasn’t the deal Creation had been negotiating with Chicago-based Groupon, a claim the company disputes.

Creation said it was the first restaurant in Indianapolis to work with Groupon, but its fifth and latest deal might be its last.

“We are extremely upset by this entire fiasco and want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding,” the restaurant says in a letter to customers posted on its website.

Shepherd said Groupon put an aggressive twist on the final version of the deal that she said she was not given an opportunity to proofread.

Because the restaurant changes its menu in the fall, it is not able to offer some of the dishes Groupon included in the offer. “If everyone redeemed [this deal] in the next six months, we would go out of business,” she added.

Fortunately, most customers who came in to redeem the errant Groupon deal were understanding, Shepherd said. Free appetizers appeased all but a few who became honked off and walked out of the building shared with Euphoria restaurant at 337 W. 11th St.

“After the deal sold more aggressively than either side anticipated, we reached out to the business to expedite payment and offered recommendations to handle the traffic. The goal of each Groupon campaign is to- bring valuable customers to every merchant while guaranteeing a great experience for our subscribers. When it became evident that Creation wasn’t going to take care of our customers, we canceled the deal and offered all purchasers a refund.” Shepherd said she isn’t sure whether Creation will use Groupon again. Despite earlier successes, she said the Chicago company’s approach has become too aggressive for her taste. go to web site groupon atlanta

The darling of the Internet marketing world this year has faced a growing number of complaints from its customers. Several lawsuits have been filed in federal courts seeking class-action status on behalf of Groupon customers who complain the deal vouchers expired before they could use them.

Customer Jason Cohen of Delray Beach, Fla., in a suit filed earlier this year in federal court in Florida, alleges that the Groupon concept violates federal and Florida law prohibiting the issue of gift certificates with expiration dates.

“Groupon and its retail partners bank on the fact that customers often will not manage to redeem `Groupon’ gift certificates before the limited expiration period,” states the suit.

About a year ago, Groupon turned down a $6 billion purchase offer from Google. So the latter is developing its own daily deal site, called Google Offers.

Groupon posted a first-quarter loss of nearly $114 million.

“Groupon’s fundamental problem is that it has not yet discovered a viable business model,” Rob Wheeler, a fellow at Harvard Business School’s Forum for Growth and Innovation, wrote in August. “The company asserts that it will be profitable once it reaches scale, but there’s little reason to believe that.” Maybe Groupon should have redeemed Google’s purchase offer, Shepherd said.

O’Malley, Chris

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